The Potential of Saliva in Protecting against Dental Erosion

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Abstract

Saliva is the most relevant biological factor for the prevention of dental erosion. It starts acting even before the acid attack, with an increase of the salivary flow rate as a response to the acidic stimuli. This creates a more favorable scenario, improving the buffering system of saliva and effectively diluting and clearing acids that come in contact with dental surfaces during the erosive challenge. Saliva plays a role in the formation of the acquired dental pellicle, a perm-selective membrane that prevents the contact of the acid with the tooth surfaces. Due to its mineral content, saliva can prevent demineralization as well as enhance remineralization. These protective properties may become more evident in hyposalivatory patients. Finally, saliva may also represent the biological expression of an individual's risk for developing erosive lesions; therefore, some of the saliva components as well as of the acquired dental pellicle can serve as potential biomarkers for dental erosion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationErosive Tooth Wear: From Diagnosis to Therapy
PublisherS. Karger AG
Pages197-205
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783318025538, 9783318025521
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 22 2012

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Tooth Erosion
Saliva
Dental Pellicle
Acids
Tooth
Biological Factors
Minerals
Biomarkers
Membranes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Dentistry(all)

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Hara, A., & Zero, D. (2012). The Potential of Saliva in Protecting against Dental Erosion. In Erosive Tooth Wear: From Diagnosis to Therapy (pp. 197-205). S. Karger AG. https://doi.org/10.1159/000360372

The Potential of Saliva in Protecting against Dental Erosion. / Hara, Anderson; Zero, Domenick.

Erosive Tooth Wear: From Diagnosis to Therapy. S. Karger AG, 2012. p. 197-205.

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Hara, A & Zero, D 2012, The Potential of Saliva in Protecting against Dental Erosion. in Erosive Tooth Wear: From Diagnosis to Therapy. S. Karger AG, pp. 197-205. https://doi.org/10.1159/000360372
Hara A, Zero D. The Potential of Saliva in Protecting against Dental Erosion. In Erosive Tooth Wear: From Diagnosis to Therapy. S. Karger AG. 2012. p. 197-205 https://doi.org/10.1159/000360372
Hara, Anderson ; Zero, Domenick. / The Potential of Saliva in Protecting against Dental Erosion. Erosive Tooth Wear: From Diagnosis to Therapy. S. Karger AG, 2012. pp. 197-205
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